• TOPICS
  • EVENTS

    Business Writing and Presentations
    Wed., Sep. 4-Dec. 11, 2019
    6:25-9 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (graduate course)

    Presentation Skills for Introverts®
    Thu., Mar. 26 & Apr. 2, 2020
    6-8:55 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (2-session workshop)

    PAST WEBINARS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND:

    How to "Talk the Talk" at Professional Events (free)
    Columbia University Alumni Career Services

    How to Think on Your Feet: Improv Skills for Business
    Co-facilitators: Nancy Ancowitz and Carl Kissin
    American Management Association

    How to Deliver Powerful Presentations as an Introvert
    American Management Association

    Essential Management Skills for Introverts
    American Management Association

    How to Project Confidence with Demanding People
    American Management Association

    Secrets of Successful Public Speaking
    American Management Association

    SAMPLING OF IN-HOUSE WORKSHOPS:

    Tango for Leaders
    For organizations

    Success Strategies for Introvert Leaders
    National Institutes of Health
    (Workshop for NIH employees only)

  • BOOK REVIEWS
    Publisher's Weekly
    "Best Books"
    The New York Times
    "Currently winning our race for most intriguing book title of 2009 is the oxymoronic “Self-Promotion for Introverts” by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill). The 'how to' book is filled with tips (rehearse is a favorite). The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires. But what else would you expect from a book whose subtitle is 'the quiet guide to getting ahead'?"
    The Wall Street Journal
    "…showing how quiet people can turn their innate strengths into an advantage when networking."
    ABC News
    "Best Book Gifts"
    Los Angeles Times
    "Whatever's behind your reluctance to speak out for yourself, this is the first book I've seen with serious research on the topic that leads to a new game plan."
    CIO Insight
    "Must-Read Fall Books for IT Execs"
    Star-Ledger
    "Best New Career Books"
    POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY NEWS DAILY
    "Offers a solid dose of practical advice—alongside humorous anecdotes.... Ancowitz shows introverts how to take advantage of the unique qualities and strengths they can offer."
    The Independent Consultant
    "There is great value in this book, whether you are promoting your own business or consulting practice, or just want to be sure your talents are recognized within your larger organization."
    Small Business Trends
    "Written by an introvert for introverts."
    Ft. Myers Florida Weekly
    "'Self-Promotion for Introverts' is a primer on doing just that—helping 'quiet sorts' assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways."
    Women and Leadership Australia
    "Pitched perfectly. Our rating: 10/10."

The World through Your Eyes

One of the treats of being a new author is that I get to view the world through the eyes of my readers. While I had a diverse group of people read and comment on my manuscript—friends, colleagues, and clients from different walks of life, stages in their careers, and cultural backgrounds—ultimately, I had no way of telling how the finished product, the book called Self-Promotion for Introverts®, would affect a much broader universe of readers.

I only hoped that once I navigated the labyrinth of a writing process (interspersed with regular rides on the Cyclone!), my book would make self-promotion a lot more accessible to a lot more people, and particularly introverts. Now that the book is in print, it’s a privilege to hear from readers. One such reader, Laura Salas, shared this on her guest post on the Shrinking Violet Promotions blog.

“I’m not gonna lie,” said Salas. “There’s no magic phrase that will suddenly make promotion easy and painless for you. I knew that going in (though don’t we always secretly wish for it anyway?). And Nancy doesn’t pretend there is.” How true.

Salas continues, “But what she does believe is that there are ways we can learn to promote ourselves that aren’t as excruciating as we initially believe them to be. And throughout the book, she offers choices and suggestions. And she challenges us to take action, even if it’s itty bitty action, to start being seen and heard.”

Yes, itty bitty action is a great place to start. It certainly beats no action at all. Your definition of itty bitty might be writing an e-mail to a colleague to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn. Or chairing a meeting. Or spending half an hour at an event where you can meet clients. Or maybe just getting business cards printed. One person’s itty bitty is another’s gigunda. Start from wherever you are—without judgment.

Salas’s blog post includes our introvert-to-introvert interview (happily conducted by e-mail!). Salas has written more than 70(!) kids’ books, including Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School. So maybe she sees the world through the eyes of kids who think Cyclones and labyrinths are a giddy adventure?!?

As a bonus, don’t miss the end of this first part of Salas’s two-part post on this delightful blog, which is brought to us by authors Mary Hershey and R.L LaFevers. I’m raffling off a copy of my book and a free 45-minute coaching session by phone.

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